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Unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore's Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Fantasy - This fifth installment of the popular fantasy series is darker than
the previous four installments, so the film may be too intense for
younger children. That said, fans of all ages are likely not to be
disappointed by this latest chapter.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good The Order of the Phoenix is the best on offer to-date from the Harry Potter cinematic franchise, and one of the few reasons during the summer of 2007 to venture out to a multiplex.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average ...there is no denying that 'Order of the Phoenix' is a well-crafted entry in the "Potter" series.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 225 moviegoers:OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! Over three-quarters rated it "Very Good" or higher with many "Fantastic" opinions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! However, a few rated it only average to below average, so there's a slight chance that you will be disappointed. Quite a few comments were that it didn't follow the book very well and was too dark.
It has been a long, lonely summer for Harry Potter as he awaits his fifth year of
study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It's bad enough that he must
endure living with the odious Dursleys, but he hasn't received even a note from his
classmates and closest friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. And there has not
been any word from anyone in the aftermath of his confrontation with the evil Lord
Voldemort. The letter that does arrive is not the kind for which he was hoping—
pronouncing that Harry is about to be expelled from Hogwarts for illegally using magic
outside of school and in the presence of a Muggle, namely his obnoxious cousin, Dudley.
Never mind that it was in defense against an unprovoked and inexplicable attack by two
Harry's only hope is to defend himself at what amounts to hardly more than a
kangaroo court orchestrated by the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, who has his own
reasons for wanting the young wizard to be gone for good. Much to Fudge's chagrin,
Harry is acquitted—thanks largely to the intervention of Hogwarts' venerable
Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore—but his return to Hogwarts is, for the first time,
apprehensive and uncomfortable. Harry has learned that much of the wizarding
community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager's recent encounter with
Voldemort is an outright lie, putting Harry's integrity in question.
Feeling ostracized and alone, Harry is beset by nightmares that seem to foretell
sinister events. Worse, the one person whose counsel he needs most, Professor
Dumbledore, is suddenly acting strangely distant from the confused and hurt young
Meanwhile, in an effort to keep an eye on Dumbledore and keep the Hogwarts
students—especially Harry—in line, Fudge has appointed a new Defense Against the
Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Professor
Umbridge's "Ministry-approved" course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards
woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark Forces threatening them. So,
at the prompting of Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own
hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves
"Dumbledore's Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark
Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that he knows